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Mrs Armstrong-Harris, Chobham Academy Book Group

Beck

I read this first from the list due to the advisory note about its content. The story is an interesting one and as it is based on true life events really grips the reader to see it through. The fact that it was written by two authors leads one to wonder how it was written so seamlessly. In parts the storyline is harrowing and harsh leaving the reader to be concerned about the main character who is orphaned at the start of the book and sent to live with 'Catholic Brothers' in Canada.
The book follows his journey as he grows up being 'cared for' (but not in a caring manner) and eventually finds his place.
I do feel that some of the content at the beginning of the book is not suitable or necessary for a young teen audience which is a shame as there is an important story to tell here. As the book progresses there is less graphic detail (in particular related to sexual content) and I actually felt that the latter part of the book was better written and appealed to me more as a reader. I really feel it is not necessary to keep ratching up the hard hitting content of YA novels and that too often "less is more."

Posted on: 13th April 2017 at 03:18 pm

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